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Whitbread Plc. Chairman’s Fund

South Bedfordshire

Grants available to small local charities and community groups based in the South Bedfordshire area.

Grants: £5,000

Duration: Ongoing

Application: Please call us to discuss your project

Bedfordshire & Luton Community Foundation are proud to have been chosen by Whitbread Plc. to manage their Chairman’s Fund, for charitable award making to small local charities and community groups. For information about the fund, and the funder please read the following:


Grants up to £5,000 on projects fitting the three themes of the fund:

  • 1: Skills and Inclusion
  • 2: The reduction of rural social isolation
  • 3: Community Cohesion

The fund has been created to support charities and community groups whose beneficiaries are from the South Bedfordshire, see map below:

Further information about criteria and guidance can be downloaded HERE

We hold panel meetings throughout the year at which applications will be considered (subject to available funds).

Applicants should read the criteria document carefully before applying. The online application form can be found HERE

We would advise calling us to discuss your application prior to submission

We reserve the right to close applications early should the fund be heavily subscribed. Please submit your application as soon as you can.



Deadline dates for 2024

26th January 2024  Midday

NOTE – applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application within 5-6 weeks of the above deadline dates. Please bear this in mind when detailing any proposed project / initiative start dates (as we do not fund retrospectively).